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Japanese Culture and Lantern Festival to Celebrate Sister Cities’ 50th Anniversary

CLEARWATER, FL (April 2009)  –  The City of Clearwater will commemorate the 50th anniversary of its Sister Cities relationship with Nagano, Japan with their Japanese Culture and Lantern Festival on April 25th from 4-8:30pm in Station Square Park, downtown Clearwater. It will feature all things Japanese including cultural displays, demonstrations, musical performances and the festival’s highlight: a lantern lighting at dusk.
Published in Events

William Joseph Clearwater, FL (March 30, 2009) - Ruth Eckerd Hall On The Road presents a second concert at the historic Capitol Theatre in the Cleveland Street District in Downtown Clearwater when pianist William Joseph performs on Saturday, April 4 at 7:30 pm. Tickets are on sale now at the Ruth Eckerd Hall Ticket Office, by calling 727.791.7400 or by logging onto www.rutheckerdhall.com

William is known for his vigorous performance style, emotional power and polished precision and he performed at Ruth Eckerd Hall in January with Linda Eder.  He has also toured with Josh Groban and Clay Aiken, and has supported artists including Barbra Streisand, Natalie Cole, Kenny G and Il Divo.   He is currently on tour is support of his current Warner Bros. record release Beyond.  He is currently appearing on the PBS special Great Performances with David Foster:  Hitman.

Published in Music

The Royalty aka Capitol Theatre Right Across the Street from the New Waters Edge Complex downtown Clearwater FL. Photo by Ian PhoenixClearwater, FL (March 25, 2009) - Ruth Eckerd Hall On the Road presents Todd Rundgren at the historic Capitol Theatre in the Cleveland Street District of Downtown Clearwater on Friday, March 27th at 8pm.  This iconic performer will make a rare concert appearance in the intimate setting of the 451-seat theatre located on the corner of Cleveland and Osceola Streets in downtown Clearwater.

Todd Rundgren, who has written hit songs such as “Hello, It’s Me”, “Bang the Drum All Day”, “Love in Action” and “Can We Still Be Friends”, is currently on tour in support of his latest album release Arena, one his most critically-acclaimed albums in years. 

 Ruth Eckerd Hall and the City of Clearwater have joined forces to renovate the historic Capitol Theatre, and patrons at the Todd Rundgren concert will get a rare glimpse of one of the oldest operating theatres in Florida. Further major renovations will begin later this year.  Currently Ruth Eckerd Hall is in the planning stages to raise funds to renovate the theatre to restore it to its 1921 grandeur.

Published in Music

Clearwater’s City Councilmen and Chamber of Commerce staff cut ribbon with store manager. (left to right) George Mesmer, Doug Linder, George Cretekos, Shelley Jaffe, Paul Gibson, John Doran, Kathleen Peters and Chuck Warrington (of Clearwater Gas). Photo by Ian Phoenix.

Peter Gillham’s Nutrition Center - 30 Years of Dedication to Downtown Clearwater

Clearwater, FL (March 2009) - Thirty years ago, Peter Gillham opened up his first nutrition center in downtown Clearwater in the old Gray Moss Inn. Downtown has gone through many changes since that time and so has Peter Gillham’s store. The location might have changed (alas, the Gray Moss is no more) but the same dedication to the community persists yet today. Recently, the company held a Grand Opening for the newly-created PG’s Café which brings an Organic Juice Bar to the downtown area for the first time.

The hottest new place to go in downtown is PG’s Café! This natural and organic juice bar features freshly-made juices and smoothies with only top quality organic ingredients. There are also build-it-yourself salads where customers can take advantage of organic produce and toppings to make the healthy yet tasteful meal of their choice. I am told that the homemade dressings are completely yummy.

Published in Clearwater
Thursday, 19 February 2009 19:54

Aflac Iron Girl 2009 Clearwater FL

Photos courtesy of Ana Brubaker-Chris Graham-Aflac

Clearwater, FL ( February 2009) - Join the Iron Girl Team for the 6th annual Aflac Iron Girl 10K & 5K Run/Walk on Saturday, April 4, 2009. 

The longest-standing event in the Aflac Iron Girl National Women’s Event Series leads athletes along a waterfront course in Clearwater, FL, one of the world’s top beach destinations. A challenging, yet fun and scenic course, this event is perfect for seasoned and first-time athletes alike. 

Unique features include performance shirts sized just for women, personalized race bibs, professional timing, custom finisher medals and more.  Celebrate your accomplishment at the post-race Breakfast Café and awards ceremony as we recognize the top three finishers in each division and showcase inspirational athlete stories.

Fundraising efforts will benefit the world’s largest pediatric cancer research network, the Children’s Oncology Group. For more about the Iron Girl Race and registering go to www.IronGirl.com

Published in Pinellas County
Thursday, 19 February 2009 15:34

Station Square Park Opens Clearwater FL

Clearwater, FL – (February 18, 2009) Construction on the long-awaited Station Square Park in downtown Clearwater is slated for completion soon. The park will officially open to the public with a short ceremony on Feb. 26 at 10am.

Located next to the Station Square Condominium building in the 600 block of Cleveland Street, the park has been undergoing a $1.26-million renovation since last July. It is the final portion of the first phase of the Cleveland Street Streetscape that has transformed the look of Clearwater’s downtown. Work crews are adding final touches including landscaping, decorative pavers, and an attractive fountain at its signature front entrance.

The park will provide a pleasant place for downtown patrons to relax, and city officials expect to use the park’s elevated stage to host small concerts and events.

Visit Tampa Bay Informer again at www.tampabayinformer.com for full coverage of the Grand Opening.

- Tampa Bay Informer
The Good News Newspaper

Published in Pinellas County

CLEARWATER, FL (February 18, 2009)– Clearwater will close a two-mile stretch of Cleveland Street to motorized traffic Sunday, March 1 from 8am to 2pm for a multicultural street festival called "Sunday Ciclovía" (see-cloh-VEE-uh). Ciclovía is Spanish for “bike path". This event on March 1 was canceled due to bad weather and has been rescheduled for Sunday April 26, 2009.

The event route extends from Clearwater Harbor to Gulf-to-Bay Boulevard. Food vendors, activities for kids, bicycle and running organizations as well as exhibitors representing public service, fitness and green living organizations will line the street. Participants can bike, stroll, skate, or take part in exercise, sports and dance classes.

“Initially, Sunday Ciclovía was proposed as a community-building event for Downtown Clearwater’s East Gateway neighborhood,” said Tammy Vrana, an event coordinator. “The scope of the event grew when other downtown groups saw potential in the family-friendly and health-focused street festival to showcase downtown and local businesses.”

Published in Pinellas County
Thursday, 05 February 2009 23:00

Orlando Magic Youth Fund

Orlando Magic Youth Fund Check Presentation Group ShotOVER $750,000 DISTRIBUTED THROUGH ORLANDO MAGIC YOUTH FUND TO CENTRAL FLORIDA

Orlando, FL (February 11, 2009)  – The Orlando Magic Youth Fund (OMYF), a fund of the McCormick Foundation, presented checks to 26 of this year’s 27 grantee organizations from nine counties in Central Florida (Orange, Seminole, Osceola, Brevard, Volusia, Flagler, Lake, Polk and Sumter) at halftime of the Wednesday, February 11 game vs. the Denver Nuggets (tip-off at 7:00 p.m.).  With funds raised by the OMYF, and the match provided by the McCormick  Foundation, a total of $751,000 in grants and scholarships were distributed to the community this month through OMYF.

The beneficiaries were recommended by the OMYF “VIP” Committee and then approved by the McCormick Foundation’s Board of Directors after an extensive five-phase process which began in July of 2008.

Published in Basketball
Sunday, 08 February 2009 23:00

Buccaneer's Finalize Coaching Staff for 2009

tampa_bay_buccaneers.jpgTampa, FL (February 11, 2009) -  The Tampa Bay Buccaneers today announced that they have named Steve Logan running backs coach, Alfredo Roberts tight ends coach and Chris Mosley assistant offensive line coach. In addition, Richard Bisaccia had his title changed to Associate Head Coach/Special Teams Coordinator and Richard Mann was named Assistant Head Coach/Wide Receivers. The club also named Jay Kaiser as Assistant to the Head Coach.

Logan spent two seasons as the offensive coordinator for Boston College (2007-08). In 2007, Logan’s offense, led by ACC Player of the Year QB Matt Ryan, led the ACC in total offense and passing offense and finished third in scoring offense. He was also instrumental in helping RB Andre Callender set a single-season ACC record for most receptions by a running back (76). Logan was the head coach for Eastern Carolina from 1992-02, becoming the school’s all-time winningest coach with a record of 69-58. He led the Pirates to five bowl games.

Published in Football
Thursday, 05 February 2009 23:00

Orlando Magic Contest

Orlando MagicOrlando Magic Partners with the Island of Guadeloupe for Promotion - Grand prize winner will win a visit to the Guadeloupe Islands with Mickael Pietrus

Orlando, FL (February 12, 2009)  – The Orlando Magic has partnered with the Islands of Guadeloupe for a unique, 10-week promotion where four lucky Magic fans will have the opportunity to visit the islands with Mickael Pietrus as their host. The online contest, which runs from February 11-April 16, 2009, will award a grand prize of a five-day, four-night trip for four people to the Guadeloupe Islands and includes airfare from Orlando, hotel accommodations and transportation to and from the airport.

From now through the end of the regular season, fans will be given facts about Pietrus’ home country at Magic home games as well as online at www.orlandomagic.com. Each person can answer three questions once a week online based off of these facts for a total of up to 10 possible entries per person, with the winner being announced shortly after the conclusion of the promotion.

- Tampa Bay Informer
The Good News Newspaper

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